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Thursday, May 3, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Members of Carbon County Safe Kids and Pyramid Sports Performance Center accept the proclamation that named the last week of April as "Sports Safety Week" in Carbon County during last week's commissioners' meeting. The groups are now planning two sports clinics to educate children and parents about sports related injuries. From left, are, Carbon County Commissioners Thomas J. Gerhard and Wayne Nothstein; Brian Fetterman, head, strength and conditioning coach at Pyramid; Mindy Graver, chairperson of Carbon County Safe Kids; Mel Zeigler, member of Safe Kids; and Commissioner William O'Gurek.

Carbon County officials recently proclaimed the last week of April was "Sports Safety Week" in the county.

During the county commissioners' meeting last Thursday, the commissioners adopted a proclamation to support an effort that Carbon County Safe Kids and Pyramid Sports Performance Center is working on to help stop sports-related injuries in children.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

This 1995 Honda Civic operated by Jacob Serrano, 22, of Palmerton, was traveling east along Route 248 at around 1:10 p.m. Wednesday when the driver lost control and went down an embankment. No one was injured.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

In honor of Earth Day, Lehighton Rotary Club Vice President Rev. Leon Morgan recently presented to the club "The Blue Planet." As a follow-up to an article in Rotarian magazine, he discussed the importance of clean water around the world. Pictured left to right are Morgan, Lehighton Rotary Club President Erica Heery, and Rotarians Becky Wanamaker and John Hanosek. Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Beacon 443 Diner / Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Lansford man is in Carbon County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail after allegedly having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in the borough.

John Anthony Provisiero, 19, of East Kline Avenue, was charged by Lansford Detective Jack Soberick with allegedly forcing himself upon the girl in a Lansford residence.

Proviero has been charged with statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, and corruption of minors. All the charges are felonies.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Palmerton Area School District could soon increase its trainer capacity as part of an agreement with East Stroudsburg University.

Superintendent Carol Boyce informed the school board at a workshop session on Tuesday about a possible articulation agreement with ESU.

Boyce said the total cost of the agreement would be $19,055, of which ESU is willing to split half the cost. The agreement would provide a graduate assistant, as well as two intern trainers, she said.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Ruth Porter from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 899 of Walnutport introduced the two winners of the Americanism Essay Contest from St. John Neumann Regional School. There are Henry Hinchey and Sayler Burke.

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 899 of Walnutport held an Americanism Essay Contest for elementary students throughout the area. This year's title was "How Can I Show Patriotism in My Community."

St. John Neumann Regional School, Palmerton campus, had two winners. Eighth grader Henry Hinchey won first place in his class level and Sayler Burke, a fifth grader, won first in her class level.

Both read their winning essays to members of the student body with their dads present.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Washington Township supervisors heard Darrin Heckman's presentation about a plan for the Grant Street Townes, townhouses to be built on Grant Street, Slatedale.

The plan had been approved previously but the only part being built now is the Grant Street phase1.

It has conditional-final approval and will be withdrawn when the plan comes back for final approval. Each unit will have a one-car garage instead of the original plan for two, making three off-street parking places for each unit.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Doyle Heffley

State Rep. Doyle Heffley weighed in on the first day of hearings on the proposed reapportionment plan.

"I have and continue to be honored to represent all residents of Carbon County until the final maps are approved. Although I would have preferred to continue to represent the entire county, that was not possible according to the rules governing the redistricting process.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Members of the Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue (TAAR) are holding their 5th annual dog walk this Saturday starting at 12 p.m. at the Newkirk Tunnel Environmental Education area along SR209 outside Tamaqua. The walk, which follows the Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail, will benefit activities and future goals of the TAAR. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Rain date is Sunday at 12 p.m. For more information, visit them on Facebook. Organizers pointed out if your are unable to attend but still want to donate, to mail your donation to: Tamaqua Area Animal Rescue, 345 East Elm St., Tamaqua PA 18252.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A resolution was adopted by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session Wednesday to execute an option provided by the state legislature and abolished the elected office of jury commissioners.